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Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 133

by bakuun (#44190991) Attached to: Can Ride-Sharing Startup Lyft Survive the SoCal Heat?

Agreed. Its quite a bit different than Slugging [npr.org] that is/was popular in some cities. These newer programs have apps for ride matching, rating systems, and at least informally set fees. Its a regulation dodge more than anything else.

Definitely - and they're not turnout out to be so successful at dodging the legislation after all. There are other companies that do "real" carpooling though, such as e.g. Avego. They've been getting a lot of attention during the BART strike now, with them offering to actually fly commuters to work by helicopter ( http://bartstrike.com/?page_id=1073 ).

Comment: Re:Sharing? (Score 1) 133

by bakuun (#44190951) Attached to: Can Ride-Sharing Startup Lyft Survive the SoCal Heat?

But the prices on Lyft seem to be on the order of $15-20 for a short ride within SF, which is more like taxi prices. At that cost you're hiring a paid driver, not pitching in for gas in a rideshare.

Yeah, absolutely. Lyft, Sidecar, Uber - they're all really taxi companies in disguise, trying to pretend being carpooling services.
An example of a real carpooling service is Avego, which connects drivers and riders with each other. The big difference to e.g. Lyft is that the prices are much lower, so the drivers only offset part of their cost rather than making a profit. That way, the service is really for regular commuters rather than for taxis. Drivers save a bit of money (and get to drive in the faster HOV lanes), riders get cheap and easy transportation, congestion levels are reduced, and there are less pollution from cars. Boomberg did an interview with them recently where they explained (among other things) the difference to e.g. Lyft at http://www.bloomberg.com/video/beat-the-bart-strike-with-avego-s-ridesharing-app-sxMdKCAbTbWzaiWyJwBP6w.html .

Comment: Out-of-order packets? (Score 1) 58

by bakuun (#43759263) Attached to: Crowdsourced Network Planning For Connection-Bridging Startup
Using the Netflix example, wouldn't some packets going over 3G and others going over wired broadband cause massive problems with packets arriving out of order? There are methods for handling that in TCP of course, but I wonder how effective they would be in as exterme circumstances as we'd be talking about here.

Comment: Streisand effect, anyone? (Score 5, Insightful) 85

by bakuun (#43510821) Attached to: CipherCloud Invokes DMCA To Block Discussions of Its Crypto System
Now I know to stay well clear of anything that has to do with Ciphercloud. I certainly wouldn't have seen the Stack exchange discussion (much less the fact that Ciphercloud feels that cryptanalysis is bad for them) if they didn't do what they did, though. Thanks, Ciphercloud!

Comment: Duplicati (Score 1) 148

by bakuun (#43260647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Simplifying Encryption and Backup?
You might want to have a look at Duplicati - that's what I ended up using after I spent a while looking into how to do backup securely. It'll handle scheduling, partials (i.e. diffs, if you want), compression, encryption of the result, and finally upload to a whole range of different cloud providers (or a local directory, of course). It's free, and available for Windows, OSX, and Linux.

Comment: Re:How do we stop them? (Score 4, Informative) 210

by bakuun (#42571295) Attached to: Australian Spy Agency Seeks Permission To Hack Third-Party Computers

How can I harden my computer against being used as a node in an ASIO botnet?

ASIO would come in the same way that normal cybercriminals would, so it's a matter of standard common-sense security precautions.

If you're using Windows, keep it up-to-date and use a decent antivirus program - Microsoft's security essentials works fine. Don't click links in emails from strange people. Don't open email attachments from strange people. In terms of software, a good rule, originally by Brian Krebs I believe, is not to install software if you didn't search for that software in the first place (with other words, don't install if it comes to you by email, or if it pops up when you're browsing around generally, etc etc).

In addition to the operating system, a few other pieces of software are fairly important to keep up-to-date: Your internet browser. Adobe flash and reader, if you use those. Java (or better yet, disable Java in the browser completely).

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 1) 177

by bakuun (#42525729) Attached to: UC's For-Pay Online Course Draws 4 Non-UC Students

If the numbers are anywhere near right then they should easly recoop their money. Even if they fall short and have only 5000 sudents instead of 7000 then at $1400 each then they will earn 7 million dollars.

I know that it's customary on slashdot not to read the linked articles but you didn't even read the summary, did you? They got four students. Four.

Comment: Re:Before somebody asks . . . (Score 1) 84

by bakuun (#41888323) Attached to: A Piezoelectric Pacemaker That Is Powered By Your Heartbeat

No, that's not the reason. A UPS has to be able to replace the full power provided by the main when in use. A pacemaker only needs to provide a small trigger signal, which is much smaller than the output of the heart itself.

"... which is much smaller than the output of the heart itself."

Kind of like a UPS and an electric power plant then, yes?

Comment: The Logica hacking ... (Score 5, Informative) 95

by bakuun (#41348337) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Detained In Sweden
... isn't just a matter of hacking a random IT firm as the summary may lead one to believe. The firm in question was a contractor for the government, and was handling a number of important census databases, including personal details about people with "protected identity" (people that live under threat of violence, and the like). Through the hacking, this data was released.

Considering that he was already wanted for his involvement in the pirate bay, the hacking was an incredibly stupid thing to do.

Comment: Wrong audience for the question (Score 4, Insightful) 340

by bakuun (#41326837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?
While I'm sure there are some here that are into sailing, this question should really be placed at a sailing forum instead. There are plenty of those - I'd suggest that you become a member there, and ask the question there instead. It also seems to me that a round-the-world trip may be a bit ambitious if you don't even know about the gear (or have tested the boat) yet. Something more limited may be suitable initially.

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